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Ford F-150: 11/14 mpg (Raptor) -- 17/23 mpg (base V-6)
Most noteworthy here is the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Obviously, this is a desperate grab for improved corporate average fuel economy, as is the six-speed automatic
the EcoBoost will eke out an extra few miles from each gallon of (regular grade) crude pumped into the tank, both when compared to its competitors from other automakers as well as Ford's own 6.2-liter V8
The powertrains haven't been updated for 2014, and this year's F-150 carries forward with the same ratings as last year's model. At its best, the F-150 offers some of the best fuel economy ratings in the segment, which has drawn some of the V-8 crowd to the more efficient turbocharged V-6 engines.
The engine lineup in the F-150 was updated three years ago, bringing a pair of V-8s and a pair of V-6s to the option list. The base six-cylinder that can replace an eight for many buyers is rated as high as 17/23 mpg. Even the turbocharged V-6, a suitable V-8 replacement for almost any need, gets an EPA-rated 16/22 mpg. The most powerful engine found in the off-road-ready Raptor guzzles gas to the tune of 11/14 mpg.
The F-150 acquits itself well, but GM's new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra earn better numbers with their V-6 models. The Ram 1500 V-6 with an eight-speed automatic far outpaces it, at a highest 18/25-mpg rating. Still, the F-150 at least acknowledges the reality that even small improvements in pickup-truck efficiency mean huge reductions in fuel usage. As the best-selling vehicle in America, it plays a big part in cutting fuel use, with every small gain it makes.
The EPA gives its nod to V-6 versions of the F-150, though they still lag behind Ram's 1500.